@AndyShore American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert revealed the album artwork for his debut release, For Your Entertainment, this week. Yahoo! Music managing editor, Lyndsey Parker, blogged about the album cover yesterday. She loves the album cover, saying, “I adore this cover’s absolutely fabulous retro vibe. (It looks so much like a beauty shot snapped by Andy Warhol in some glitter-dusted private party room at Studio 54, I can almost imagine Bianca Jagger riding a white horse in the background; what’s not to like?)” Despite very eloquently painting a picture of the scenario, Parker also sees the humor in the situation. She likened the album cover to that of an alternate version for the soundtrack of Xanadu.
There are only two reasonable explanations as to how this album cover came to fruition.
Scenario 2: Wanting to capitalize on the glam rock label Lambert has been given,label executives dream up the album cover as a brilliant marketing ploy. Lambert thinks it’s totally a joke, when they reveal the cover to him. Playing along, Lambert gives the go ahead.
Regardless of how this album cover came to be, it will certainly be talked about. Parker goes on in her post to discuss whether or not this album cover would affect the album’s sales. She offers up that a straight male, homophobic population will not want to carry around this album cover.
I want to counter that argument by starting with this: most of the people rushing to buy Lambert’s album are the American Idol fans that have followed him from the beginning of the season. The core audience of American Idol is not made up of mostly straight, homophobic males. Also, Lambert has not made his sexuality a secret. Anybody that is going to allow Lambert’s sexual orientation affect his/her musical tastes wasn’t going to buy the album anyways, even if there was nothing but tits and guns on the cover (or as Teibs added “and tits with guns coming out of them“).